Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Varsha Dixit

THE WRITING PART

Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?

I’m bestselling author in contemporary romance with four published books. I think deep but write light. I have worked for several years in the Indian television industry as an Assistant Director and Online Editor. Currently, I live with my family in California, USA.

Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?

Contemporary and paranormal romance

Q. What draws you to this genre?

I like writing stories with humor and sizzling chemistry between the protagonists thus this genre.

Q. Briefly, what led up to last/new book? Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right’ is the last part in my ‘Right and Wrong’ series.  The tagline for this book is, ‘Love is in the air again…this time it’s steamy, bold and manipulative!

Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book?

4 months

Q. How much research do you do?

I do not shy from research and indulge in it extensively. Research is what makes fiction sound real.

Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

I try to write at least 1000 words everyday and the maximum that I have written in one day are 3000 words.

Q. What is the easiest thing about writing? 

Writing the first draft. Where you basically throw your idea on paper.

Q. What motivates you to write?

My passion for story telling, the love of the written word and an over active imagination.

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Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: Aditi Bose

Aditi Bose

THE WRITING PART

Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?

I’m a mother, a foodie, a traveller, a dreamer, an author, a book reviewer, a blogger. Phew! Too many things 🙂

Q. What genre is/are your book(s)?

Romance. And then more romance.

Q. What draws you to this genre?

It’s the most complicated and the most beautiful emotion to write about.

Q. Briefly, what led up to last book? Also, Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

I wrote the last book when I was going through a tough phase in my life. When I started writing, I was clueless what the story would be about. It was more of “Let me write because it keeps my mind from thinking of sad thoughts.”

My Dream Man‘ is about changing relationship between a student and her teacher.

Q. What was the time frame for writing your last book?

I finished half the book in a few weeks and then there was along gap before the rest was completed. It wasn’t a writer’s block, but a phase where I wanted to shut out the world.

Q. How much research do you do?

Not much unless it’s essential. Somehow, the more research I get myself into, the worse the flow of the book becomes.

Q. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No. None at all. I can’t work under stringent rules.

Q. What is the easiest thing about writing? 

It’s your creativity so there’s no one to stop you from saying what you want to say.

Q. What motivates you to write?

I don’t know if it’s motivation or not, but if there’s a thought that starts to play in my mind, I have to write it down. Often these leads up to stories or blog posts. Continue reading “Author Interview: Aditi Bose”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Misjudged Nuances by Garima Bohra

Looking for something fresh? Something intriguing? Well, you reading the right review then. Misjudged Nuances by Garima Bohra is a tale of two doctors who fall in love with each other but there twists and turns that will indulge you to read on.

The blurb is a start for any book to read, so here to is: SOUMYA AWASTHI, a medical graduate finds herself in an extremely infuriating position when she is assigned to work with RIDHAAN AHUJA, an arrogant classmate and bitter enemy, who is determined to settle an old score with her. The internship begins on a rough-uptight note where each tries to outshine the other through work, arguments and fights. Until one grave incident which changes the circumstances and makes them forget their grudges. Gradually she starts trusting her foe-turned-friend and soon both develop tender feelings for one another.

But the perfect phase of her life shatters when a well-preserved secret is exposed causing a serious problem wherein the price of Soumya’s recklessness is paid by her best friends Tarang and Anjali. Will Soumya be able to save herself and her friends? Is Anjali right when she blames Ridhaan for the situation and accuses him of framing them? Can vengeance overpower every emotion? Can your feelings and faith break your own heart and hurt your soul?  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Misjudged Nuances by Garima Bohra”

5 Stars, Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera had had come across my sight a few times before I actually picked it. This time it wasn’t in front of my sight until a friend of mine and a fellow blogger, heartily recommended me to read it. When it comes to recommending books, there are two kinds of people, one who recommend books to their fellow beings according to their taste, and the one who would recommend anything to anyone. I am surely of the latter category, but I adore the recommendations as always.

Milan Kundera certainly knows how to write. Set against the Russian invasion Czechoslovakia, it is the story of characters as real as you are. It starts with a philosophical discussion considering the lightness and heaviness of oneself in human form, the coincidences through which paths of two different human beings cross with each other and then moves on to discuss the recursive nature of life and form, and how we intend to give meaning to things that are meaningless yet only meaningful in our heads. Once we find meaning, “we find only an unbearable weightlessness.”

Along with these philosophical discussion, the author forms characters and there lives, and their struggle to find ‘lightness’. There is no fix protagonist after reading it, I felt, and I guess one can choose their own protagonist. The story starts with Tomas who is a surgeon in Prague. He seeks lightness, but is torn between love and lust. He loves his wife Tereza, but his fond of his adulteries. However, for Tereza love and lust go hand-in-hand. She suffers from heaviness and is convinced that her husband has achieved the lightness. Only later she would realise what was what. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera”

Books, Fiction

Book Review: My Dream Man by Aditi Bose

Not often do I read romance fiction, nor they are written well versed in first person narrative. Aditi Bose’s latest contribution to contemporary romance genre is a light read, and you might be mildly impressed as I was, by the choice of her words, the humour, the verse well written, and the combination will drive the reader forward without the plot being too complicated.

The story is about an ambitious yet a struggling writer, wanting all the success those limited amount of contemporary writer get out of their words. Ajopa Ganguly. A girl in her twenties who lives with her parents in Delhi. She does not take the ‘rejection’ she receives from the publishers on reading her manuscript. Instead, she tries to kill the sadness that comes along with ‘rejection’ by making cupcakes and embroidering handkerchiefs.

The mind of a writer is a curious one, and a curious mind will often seek redemption once the short term task has been fulfilled. That is when she meets the lost love of her life, who is twelve years elder than her and yet has the charm which once duped her enough to dwell with him for the lifetime. Continue reading “Book Review: My Dream Man by Aditi Bose”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When you are in mood of a quick yet not so short looking book, you can pick E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars. It is a different book I have read in a long time. It is not something you usually read neither it is written in that way. I can tell you it is a modern suspense novel.

Here is some blurb: The story is about the Sinclair family. Cadence is the eldest granddaughter of the family so rich that they never mention money. Every year, the Sinclairs spend their summer on a private island, where the grandparents have built four houses for themselves and their three daughters, plus a smaller building for their cooks and cleaners. The story is about the ‘liars’,  Cadence, her cousins, and cousin’s cousin. The quad of them spend these summers together at the island on a tiny beach. Soon a tragedy unfolds that affects the Sinclair family which concerns the ‘liars’.

The pace of the text in this book is extraordinary. The length of the chapters too short. The characterisation can be easily visually experienced by any reader reading this book. The description of the characters is enough for the reader to wove them in his own imagination.  It is written in first person and is narrated by the protagonist herself. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart”

Books

Spotlight: Debt by Rachel Dunning

DEBT

By Rachel Dunning 

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Expected Release Date:

March 2016 

What’s it about?

I pay my debts, and I expect others to.

I was raised in the slums of London, I knew nothing of privilege. My father was murdered when I was seventeen. Morty figured my father’s passing meant I would automatically take on dad’s debts. I refused.

And I paid for that refusal.

So did my sister. Continue reading “Spotlight: Debt by Rachel Dunning”

Books, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

I have been trying to read this books from past five months(when I first heard about it) and this weekend, I finally took a step forward. When I am reading a good book, it doesn’t take much time for me to finish that book. The Fault in Our Stars, beautifully written, light-read and fast-paced book, by John Green. This is my first piece of John Green’s writing and I must say I am impressed by his style and lightness of the book. The book’s about Hazel Grace Lancaster, and how a book about a cancer sufferer which brings two sufferers close. The other sufferer being Augustus Waters.

But there is some fault in the characterization. John’s characters, Hazel Grace and Augustus, sound more like 25 or 30 year old adults then 17 year old teenagers.  The character of Augustus is more very mature according to his age. But then the wit John has used in his characters is wonderful to read. The sarcasm is outstanding. This made the dialog conversations between the main characters is realistic and fun to read. I could imagine the characters in front of me conversing to each other. It was that clear. Also, the book is for a quodophile(i.e. me). I also feel, John develop these mature characters as the book also targets young adults and which I feel is a very good thing. The young adults could add something new to their vocabularies and learn some small-small morals which this book provides and make a good impact on their attitude and personality through their whole life. This effort, of the author, I appreciate.

There was also one more fault with the book is that in the end it becomes too much emotional. And that aspect I certainly do not like. But hey, I am not the author, John Green is, and he has full rights to write whatever he wants. Also, he being a male writer, wrote the entire book in female teenager’s point of view. And I feel, he did a good job. Never once, I felt that something was too manly about his female characterization.

One thing is for sure, I ‘d like to read him again, and he is certainly one of the best new authors I read this year.

3.5 out of 5 from me.

Books

NEW BUYS- CLASSICS

NEW BUYS- CLASSICS

Finally the most awaited order of this month has arrived. I was eagerly waiting for the below books from past four days, and they were giving me sleepless nights. They are in order:

The Complete Father Brown Series by G. K. Chesterton
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Divine comedy: Inferno by Dante
Fathers and Sons by Ivan S. Turgenev
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained by John Milton

What do you guys have to say?